The annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference gives representatives from major companies the opportunity to present to the investment community, and Paul Vogel, Spotify’s VP and head of financial planning & analysis, treasury and investor relations, spoke on the streaming giant’s behalf on Tuesday morning.
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and its major publisher constituency have argued for the right to shuttle catalogs towards a PRO of their choosing, without the consent of writers. But even more forcefully, publishers have argued that partial withdrawals for specific digital licensing should be allowed.
The Mechanical Licensing Collective, which must be able to administer the new U.S. blanket licensing system for mechanical rights by its legislated start-up date of Jan. 1, 2021, estimates that it will need $37.25 million to build and then have a first year operating budget of $29 million.
Speakers at the AIPPI World Congress in London discussed whether photos taken on a smartphone of a museum collection can be protected under copyright law. Christian Zimmerman, CEO at DACS, a UK-based non-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation, explained that under UK copyright law, photos would be protected but the new EU directive might call this into question.
Artificial intelligence is everywhere: It can drive a car, chat with customers, or help patients with neuronal damage to recover their potential. But if data-assisted moviemaking can help predict a movie’s outcome, what room is there left for artistic freedom?
The European Union’s highest court will have another opportunity to consider the issue of the liability of online platforms for copyright infringing content uploaded and shared by users. The two referrals by the Austrian and German national courts raise a further set of questions concerning the power of the courts to issue injunctions against intermediaries.
UK-based Beatchain has partnered with Digital supply chain and marketing company FUGA to allow its users to distribute content to music streaming services through its technology. Artists can upload unlimited tracks for $1.99 per month. Beatchain is data-driven platform that claims to be “revolutionizing discovery, marketing, and promotion in the music industry”.
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has asked the courts to allow it to double its claims against exercise bike and treadmill startup Peloton, after discovering more unlicensed music — including songs by Taylor Swift and Kesha — being used in workout videos that play on the bikes’ built-in screens. It’s now seeking $300 million in damages.
In a much-anticipated court filing, lawyers for Audible Inc. this week urged a federal court to reject a bid by seven large publishers and the Association of American Publishers to enjoin the company from including their works in the company’s planned Captions program, and also moved to dismiss the publisher’s copyright case, arguing that the matter is fundamentally a contract dispute rather than a copyright matter.
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) came out swinging in its comments to the Department of Justice’s ASCAP and BMI consent decrees reviews, arguing it should allow publishers to selectively withdraw digital rights from blanket licenses.